Re beck

rebec

[ree-bek]
noun
a Renaissance fiddle with a pear-shaped body tapering into a neck that ends in a sickle-shaped or scroll-shaped pegbox.
Also, rebeck.


Origin:
1745–55; < Middle French; replacing Middle English ribibe < Old French rebebeArabic rabāb rebab

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rebec or rebeck (ˈriːbɛk)
 
n
a medieval stringed instrument resembling the violin but having a lute-shaped body
 
[C16: from Old French rebebe, from Arabic rebāb; perhaps also influenced by Old French bec beak]
 
rebeck or rebeck
 
n
 
[C16: from Old French rebebe, from Arabic rebāb; perhaps also influenced by Old French bec beak]

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rebec
"medieval stringed musical instrument," 1509, from Fr. rebec, an unexplained alteration of O.Fr. ribabe (perhaps somehow infl. by bec "beak"), ultimately from Arabic rebab (cf. O.Prov. rebec, It. ribeca). It has three strings and is played with a bow.
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